Breast is best? Exposing the myths of breastfeeding


  • Helen Rumbelow

  • This article first appeared in The Times on July 20th, 2009. This edited version is reprinted with thanks.


Mothers are constantly urged to breastfeed; but how strong is the evidence that it is better than formula milk? Our article, by Helen Rumbelow, examines the evidence for this piece of received wisdom. It was runner-up in the Royal Statistical Society's awards for statistical excellence in journalism for 2010.